November 26, 2011 at 10:13 pm #256134
I hope I’ve done this right :huh:. I have this gorgeous looking plant that has been happily taking over my grassed areas which didn’t really worry me. Unfortunately, after a rather slack winter season on my behalf :blush: it (they) are now taking over my garden beds. I originally thought it was only 1 plant until I took some photos and realised some have smooth edges and others are jagged….so not sure now. I was thinking that maybe it/they are a native violet but I can’t recall seeing any flowers.
I was wondering if anyone else come across this plant? I could really do with some ideas on how to organically control it. Pulling it out only helps temporarily as it has runners and leaving the tiniest bit seems to be enough for it to take hold again very quickly. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
[attachment:1]Backyard Weed.JPG[/attachment]November 26, 2011 at 10:14 pm #515058calliecatParticipant
the photo hasn’t worked 🙁November 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm #515059November 26, 2011 at 11:13 pm #515060
I copied the photo made it bigger and you may infact have 3.
I’m having a senior moment and can’t think of the name of them but the one with the smooth edge to the leaf is dichondra not all bad really as it makes a tough ground cover is drought hardy and frost tolerant.
Brain is starting to wake up :laugh: and this looks like the one I really could use gotu kola a brain boost.
In the photo I saw another leaf type a bit like ivy shape and this one I can’t remember.November 26, 2011 at 11:41 pm #515061BobbeeMember
Wow Judles, you’re good! :tup:
I wouldn’t have had any idea at all. :blush:
:hug:November 26, 2011 at 11:52 pm #515062
Absolutely agree, a BIG thank you Judy :hug:
The most rampant one seems to be the dichondra. I really quick Google and it seems I may be able to stop panicking and actually let it share the garden (within reason) with the vegies.
I was getting so despondent when I thought it was a native violet and several web sites advised the only way to control was to basically round up everything 🙁 It doesn’t seem so scary now 🙂November 27, 2011 at 12:03 am #515063porgeyMember
Yep, its Dichondra repens. Its a native also called Kidney weed. I have it at my place and whilst it can be a bit annoying in the veg garden its easy to control and I actually transplant it to wanted places such as under taps, in rockeries, around path edges etc. It will die off in full sun/hot weather/dry periods and you may like to try iron sulphate applied directly onto the leaves for a (I guess) quick kill).November 27, 2011 at 12:33 am #515064November 27, 2011 at 1:59 am #515065BlueWrenMember
Judi IS good! :tup: :clap: A very clever lady, all self taught, and not only does she know the common names but the Latin names as well.November 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm #515066sue eMember
we have that one as well Judi.never knew what it so will be interested to tap into your vast knowledge yet again. 🙂November 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm #515067mauziMember
Bit hard to tell from the photo, but it looks like a common mallow to me (melva neglecta) and a relative of marsh mallow. These have a pinkish to white flower and if it is, they are edible and have a deep tap root.November 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm #515068
Malva neglecta Dwarf Mallow, Common Mallow has a bit of a crinkle to the leaf and will grow taller than a ground cover.November 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm #515069mauziMember
AW well, I was close 😀 had the right family 😀 😀 Thanks JudiNovember 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm #515070
Wow guys, thank you for all you help :hug:
Not sure if this will help with the last one but I have tried to take a closer photo.
The leaves are kinda crinkled when they are young but then seem to flatten out (and the edges seem to smooth over a bit. I took another look today and noticed a lot of them had these green bud type things on them, but still can’t see any flowers.
Its hard to gauge the size from the photo but the biggest leaf would be 2cm wide (at the most) on the widest part of the leaf.
Kinda got me interested in photography again – plants look different when you look at them really (really) closely 🙂 I’d forgotten how I used to spend ages in the garden taking close up snaps of the various plants and flowers…..November 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm #515071
That is the one I’m having trouble remembering.
It will probably come to me at 3 in the morning like most other things and then by morning I’ve forgotten again :laugh:
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